Asters Demystified - Aton Forest
Thursday, October 3, 2019
Led by Bill Moorhead, consulting botanist
9 am – 4 pm
We will cover the identification and ecology of most of the 32 southern New England species of asters (genera Aster, Doellingeria, Eurybia, Ionactis, Oclemena, and Symphyotrichum) and some of the hybrids. The workshop will begin with a lab session at Aton Forest, in which we will cover the basics of aster identification and the species we will not see in the field. We will then car-pool to several field sites in the vicinity of Aton Forest, where we will cover field identification of the species that occur in northwest Connecticut. The discussions of species ecology will include wetland indicator value of each species. This workshop will run, rain or shine. If the weather is too bad for field work, we will extend the lab session, using fresh and pressed collected material. Participants are encouraged to bring specimens. This workshop is suitable for both aster beginners and more experienced botanists to whom asters are a challenge. This workshop is co-sponsored with the Connecticut Botanical Society.
Location: Aton Forest Headquarters, 270 North Colebrook Rd., Norfolk, CT 06058.
Tuition: $85 - we accept check by mail (PO Box 509, Norfolk, CT 06058) or card via PayPal (http://atonforest.org); coffee, tea and other beverages provided.
Workshops limited to 16 participants. Registration and payment required in advance.
Continuing Education Units will be available if requested at least a week in advance. Please contact Aton forest for more information.
BILL MOORHEAD is an independent consulting field botanist based in western Connecticut. He has specialized for over 30 years in the search for populations of rare plants and their habitats, and the study of plant communities and the factors determining their species composition and distribution.
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